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Kool & The Gang: The Albums Vol. 2 (1979-1989) (11CD)

Kool & The Gang

Kool & The Gang: The Albums Vol. 2 (1979-1989) (11CD)

Kool & The Gang

Kool & The Gang: The Albums Vol. 2 (1979-1989) (11CD)

Release information

Release information

Label: Edsel • Format: CD • Date: 26/08/2022 Cat#: EDSL0103  • Barcode: 740155730338 • Genre: R&B and Soul

Track Listing

  1. Ladies' Night
  2. Got You Into My Life
  3. If You Feel Like Dancin'
  4. Hangin' Out
  5. Tonight's The Night
  6. Too Hot
  1. Celebration
  2. Jones Vs. Jones
  3. Take It To The Top
  4. Morning Star
  5. Love Festival
  6. Just Friends
  7. Night People
  8. Love Affair
  1. Steppin' Out
  2. Good Time Tonight
  3. Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)
  4. Be My Lady
  5. Get Down On It
  6. Pass It On
  7. Stand Up And Sing
  8. No Show
  1. Street Kids
  2. Big Fun
  3. As One
  4. Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho
  5. Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh La, La, La)
  6. Pretty Baby
  7. Think It Over
  1. In The Heart
  2. Joanna
  3. Tonight
  4. Rollin'
  5. Place For Us
  6. Straight Ahead
  7. Home Is Where The Heart Is
  8. You Can Do It
  9. September Love
  1. Emergency
  2. Fresh
  3. Misled
  4. Cherish
  5. Surrender
  6. Bad Woman
  7. You Are The One
  1. Victory
  2. I.B.M.C.
  3. Stone Love
  4. Forever
  5. Holiday
  6. Peacemaker
  7. Broadway
  8. Special Way
  9. God's Country
  1. I Swet
  2. This Is What A Love Can Do
  3. Never Give Up
  4. You Got My Heart On Fire
  5. Someday
  6. Raindrops
  7. In Your Company
  8. I'll Follow You Anywhere
  9. All She Wants To Do Is Dance
  10. How Can I Get Close To You
  11. You Are The Meaning Of Friend
  1. Ladies' Night [7" Version]
  2. Too Hot [7" Version]
  3. Celebration [7" Version]
  4. Jones Vs. Jones [7" Version]
  5. Take It To The Top [7" Version]
  6. Steppin' Out [7" Version]
  7. Get Down On It [7" Version]
  8. Big Fun [7" Version]
  9. Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh La, La, La) [7" Version]
  10. Tonight [AOR Mix]
  11. Fresh [7" Version]
  12. Misled [7" Version]
  13. Emergency (7" Remix)
  14. Victory [7" Version]
  15. Dance Champion [7" Version] (featured in 'Ruthless People')
  16. Stone Love [7" Version]
  17. Rags To Riches [7" Version]
  18. Strong [7" Version]
  19. Amor Amore [7" Vocal Version]
  20. Raindrops [7" Remix]
  1. Open Sesame
  2. Love And Understanding (Come Together)
  3. Mighty Mighty High
  4. Hangin' Out [12" Remixed Version]
  5. Celebremos [Spanish US 12"]
  6. Get Down On It [12" Extended Remix]
  7. Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It) [12" Version]
  8. Straight Ahead [Long Version]
  9. Ladies Night ['83 12" Remix aka Deodato Mix]
  1. Tonight [Extended Remix]
  2. Fresh [Dance Remix]
  3. Misled [Dance Mix]
  4. Cherish [12" Version]
  5. Emergency [12" Extended Mix]
  6. Holiday [12" Club Remix]
  7. Peacemaker [12" Version]
  8. Stone Love [12" Club Mix]
  9. Funky Stuff [12" Remix] - with Kurtis Blow
  10. HollYwood Swinging [Club Remix]
  11. Jungle Boogie [Club Remix]
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About this release

Kool & The Gang are one of the most sampled Bands in music history. From their roots in the mid-late ‘60s and a mixture of jazz and soul, funk and rock, R&B/Pop through the ‘70s, they appeared on the soundtrack; 1977’s “Saturday Night Fever”. With disco taking hold of the charts worldwide, an inspired change of direction brought in a recognised lead vocalist in James “J.T.” Taylor and Brazilian musician Eumir Deodato to the fold, with him signing-up to produce their next four albums.

The title track from 1979’s “Ladies Night”, gave Kool & The Gang their first UK chart hit, peaking at #9. It started a run with the band in the UK Singles chart every year until 1986, spending more than 200 weeks there. 1980’s “Celebrate!” spawned three singles, including the anthem ‘Celebration’, which became a worldwide multi-million selling single.

“Something Special” was released in 1981 and contained one of the all-time enduring pop records; ‘Get Down On It’ reached #3 in the UK Singles chart. A worldwide million-seller, which has since been streamed more than ¼ Billion times! “As One” was the final Deodato- produced album, with three UK chart hits, including ‘Big Fun’ and ‘Ooh La La La (Let’s Go Dancin)’, with the emphasis in the title name switched around. ‘Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho’ was released in late-1982, giving them another hit single, which also graced “Twice As Kool” in May 1983; a UK Top 5 Album.

“In The Heart” was released in December 1983. ‘Straight Ahead’ was the first of three Top 20 Singles, with ‘(When You Say You Love Somebody) In The Heart’ and ‘Joanna’ reaching the Top 10, the latter becoming their highest charting UK Single, reaching #2. In 1984, ‘Fresh’ was released ahead of its parent album “Emergency” giving the band two chart entries in December 1984, with them also appearing on the Band Aid single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’.

Released in 1986, “Forever” included two US Top 10 hits: ‘Victory’ and ‘Stone Love’. Three more singles charted, ‘Holiday’ (R&B), ‘Special Way’ (Adult Contemporary) and ‘Peacemaker’ (#20 in New Zealand). “Sweat” was released in 1989 with a slightly changed line-up and a multi-producer album. Both ‘Raindrops’ and ‘Never Give Up’ appeared on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart.

“The Albums Vol. 2 1979-1989” is the second of two box sets that cover the Band’s first 20 years, starting with 1979’s “Ladies Night”, up to and including “Sweat”, as well as three extra discs in “7” Singles Selection” and “12” Singles Selection #1 and #2”, which also contains non-album tracks. The set contains 105 tracks across 11 CDs, including 18 UK Top 30 hits and 7 Top Tens.

Kool & The Gang’s place in music history is ensured with a joyful and vibrant legacy for generations of fans and music lovers to enjoy.

 

CD 1 – LADIES NIGHT (1979)
CD 2 – CELEBRATE! (1980)
CD 3 – SOMETHING SPECIAL (1981)
CD 4 – AS ONE (1982)
CD 5 – IN THE HEART (1983)
CD 6 – EMERGENCY (1984)
CD 7 – FOREVER (1986)
CD 8 – SWEAT (1989)
CD 9 – 7″ SINGLES SELECTION
CD 10 – 12″ SINGLES #1
CD 11 – 12″ SINGLES #2